How one Indian company could be world’s door to a Covid-19 vaccine – Times of India

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PUNE: If the world is to gain access to a vaccine for Covid-19, there’s a good chance it will pass through the doors of Serum Institute of India. Serum Institute, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume, is working on several candidates for the novel coronavirus – including potentially mass-producing the AstraZeneca/Oxford university one that has garnered global headlines – as well as developing its own. Covid-19: Live updatesThe efforts are partly being shepherded by Umesh Shaligram, the head of research and development. His employer is a private company but every day, shortly before midnight, he receives a WhatsApp message from the government asking for updates, and about any new hurdles he faces. The message is usually from K Vijay Raghavan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s top scientific adviser – an indication of the critical, and even strategically important, nature of the race to develop the vaccines the whole world is waiting for. Shaligram promptly responds with a progress report and details any bottlenecks. “Any delays, you just tell them,” said Shaligram, adding the government has been doing everything it can to fast-track clearances, and resolve import delays and other issues. “We have begun to see approvals come through …

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